The focus group study was intended to provide insights into the motivations, opinions and behaviors of older persons about tobacco use and cessation, including to identify key motivators, resources and tobacco cessation aids used successfully by former smokers.
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Giving up smoking can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding lifestyle changes to make. Pam had wanted to give up smoking before, especially when her son Shane quit, but she finally decided to do so one chilly evening when it was 40 below and she couldn't justify warming up her car for 20 minutes to get cigarettes. She threw away the rolling papers, washed and hid the ashtrays and anything else she thought might tempt her to change her mind. Her two best friends, ages 54 and 65, also quit so that they could continue to spend time with her, and another friend became her support buddy during the Quit Now & WIN contest, someone she could call anytime she had cravings and who would help her overcome them. You never know what impact you will have on others.
Many long-term smokers may have been smoking for decades, starting when it was fashionable and when people were less aware of the harmful effects smoking can have on their health. And the health and financial benefits of butting out are dramatic and immediate! Since Pam became a non-smoker, her eldest son and his wife both quit! ' I was prepared mentally because I knew I would have a much better quality of life if I quit smoking.